Hoffmann to start for Sharks

Date published: August 28 2014

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Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has stuck largely with the same side for Friday clash with the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has stuck largely with the same side for Friday clash with the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Amongst the backs, there is just one change where scrum-half Conrad Hoffmann gets his first start after playing off the bench last week.

Up front, JC Astle is back from injury and partners with Etienne Oosthuizen in the second row in the absence of Marco Wentzel, while the front row trio of Matt Stevens, Kyle Cooper and Dale Chadwick remains the same from last week as do the back row, captain Tera Mtembu, Francois Kleinhans and Jacques Botes .

The first round match in Durban was a victorious outing for the Sharks, but the Pumas have been unbeaten in Nelspruit.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S'bura Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Francois Kleinhans, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 JC Astle, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Replacements:
16 Franco Marais, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Lionel Cronje.

Date: Friday, August 29
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johan Greeff

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